Obama’s State of Union proposals often hit wall in Congress


WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will go before Congress on Tuesday night with his final State of the Union speech and prospects are bleak for big agreements.

The president enjoyed several victories in 2015, but efforts that required approval from the Republican-led Congress generally gained little traction.

The president had called for free community college, a higher minimum wage and paid sick leave. But most of the changes taking place in those areas have occurred through individual states and companies taking action on their own.

Congress will probably be even less likely to go along with the president this year given that it’s his final year in office and they’ll be spending more time campaigning.

White House spokesman Eric Schultz says the president is aware that change doesn’t always start in Washington.

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